Tesla vehicles will be banned from the Chinese coastal region of Beidaihe for at least two months starting July 1. informs Reuters, citing a local police source. According to the agency, a “secret meeting of the leadership of the Communist Party of China” is held in the area every summer.
The Beidaihe authorities decided to ban Tesla electric cars from entering the area, following their colleagues from the city of Chengdu, who set a similar ban in early June. Then Chinese leader Xi Jinping came there. The measures being taken in Beidaihe also concern “state affairs,” a member of the local traffic police brigade said on condition of anonymity. According to him, in the near future the restriction will be officially announced.
Reuters recalls that Beidaihe, a resort area on the shores of the Yellow Sea east of Beijing, traditionally hosts a “summer conclave” of high-ranking Chinese officials who discuss political and personnel decisions behind closed doors. The dates of these meetings are usually not advertised.
The fact that Tesla cars were banned from entering Chengdu during Xi Jinping’s working trip to this city became known from social networks: users posted videos of police evacuating electric cars from city streets.
In 2021, the Chinese military banned Tesla vehicles from entering their facilities. In explaining this decision, they referred to security concerns and recalled that video cameras installed in cars could be used for covert filming in order to obtain classified information. This was reported to Reuters by sources who saw the relevant directive.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously issued a public statement that Tesla’s electric vehicles are “not spying” in China or anywhere else. He assured that if this happens, the company will stop working. A few months later, Tesla announced that all the data that “generates” the electric cars it sells in China does not leave Chinese territory.
Tesla electric cars are equipped with several external cameras that help drivers better navigate when parking, changing lanes, overtaking and other maneuvers. “Control over the use, transfer and storage of this information is a pressing issue for the industry and regulators around the world,” notes Reuters.
China is for Tesla, one of the largest markets for finished products and a manufacturing site that produces the Model 3 and Model Y models for domestic sale and export. In 2021, Tesla’s Shanghai plant produced about half of Tesla’s 936,000 vehicles sold worldwide. In June 2022, according to the production plan, more than 71 thousand cars should be produced there. In April-May, the plant produced 44,301 electric cars.
According to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Tesla Shanghai’s second-quarter output will reach about 115,300 units, up from 178,887 electric vehicles in the first quarter. Elon Musk, commenting on the work of the plant, noted that its two-week shutdown, due to the lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19, should not significantly affect the overall annual production rate. However, at the beginning of June sent out letters to Tesla employees in which he warned of very bad feelings, because of which he intends to cut 10% of the company’s staff.